They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well... I think that a video is worth a million words. So, I'm first going to show you a short demo video on the forehand pendulum serve then I'll give you 10 tips on improving every one of your serves.
In this article, I will be outlining ten ways to perfect your serve:
Dec 26-28th - Footwork Training Camp
You might think that footwork is just physical… it isn’t! There are mental secrets to learning where the ball is going! The footwork during this camp will be geared around developing an understanding of probabilities and indicators while refreshing you on the basics of how to move and how to move FASTER! Our team of expert coaches and practice partners are willing and ready to customize the drills to meet your needs! Regardless of your age or skill level, we welcome you to come!
“You can’t return that serve!” “I’m sorry!” “You can’t!” “I don’t care if you pay me $1000 for this secret 1-hour lesson. You can’t consistently return that deep spinny sidespin serve with 10 variations because you don’t have real strokes. You are trying to chisel and block back those serves that are 2000 rpms, and it isn’t going to happen.”
This is the conversation with many new students that I get on a daily basis.
There are 2 primary ways to read the spin – watch the racket and watch the bounce. The pitfall that devastates most beginner/intermediate players is the timing. When they don’t know the spin, they panic and trap the ball too quickly. The correct move is to wait. Wait. If you couldn’t tell the spin from the contact point when your opponent touched the ball, then wait. Let the ball rise, then even drop a bit before returning it.
How does that make the return easier? There are 5 ways…
There are many aspects of perfecting your serve - this helpful tool will train you to serve low! The lightweight aluminum design has a retractable screen that can easily fold up in your table tennis bag. The setup time is 2 min with NO TOOLS REQUIRED so you can easily whip out TT-Serve® whenever you are ready to make progress on your serve!
The #1 topic in table tennis is serve & return. This week, I decided to feature some of my videos. Regardless if you are developing a new serve or just perfecting an old favorite, I would highly recommend that you take a minute and check out these videos...